Special Issue "Sustainability of Bioresources, By-Products and Bio-Waste Management in Rural Areas"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021) | Viewed by 13605
Interests: agricultural and livestock engineering; rural buildings; agro-environmental sustainability; byproducts; biomass and renewable energies
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Rural areas play a key role in every country's sustainable development target, and clean production pathways imply eco-efficiency, waste reduction, and the use of renewable resources.
The available biomasses, by-products, and bio-waste represent the primary renewable resources that could be used in multiple eco-friendly ways in both industrialized and emerging economies.
Biomasses are the most abundant and versatile form of renewable energy on the planet earth. However, the irreplaceable role of plant biomass in meeting human needs for food, fodder, fiber, biofuels, and bio-based materials requires good governance and sustainable policies. In parallel, large quantities of agroforestry by-products currently have no market and are destined to landfills. Such by-products are available to be used as bioenergy resources and could be used to replace food crops for energy production. It is worth considering that the energy potential and value-added products from forest and agricultural residues are strongly related to the location and ecosystem services as well as on logistical, technological, economic, and social issues along with availability of end-product market. A large contribution of by-products originating by crop residues and livestock manure and destined to the bioenergy industries are represented by digestate, compost, and biochar. The use of these by-products in agriculture as soil amendments results into effects on air, water, and soil quality, which should be included in the overall assessments of bioenergy chains.
Therefore, bio-waste management in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner is becoming a critical issue to protect the environment and human health. Multiple resources, including bioenergy, biofuels, and other value-added products can be recovered from bio-waste under the concept of waste-based bioreﬁneries or waste-driven factories.
This Special Issue aims to publish research articles dedicated to finding the sustainability of resources, by-products, and bio-waste in rural areas. A special (but not exclusive) focus is put on the following topics:
- Production, management, and use of bioresources, by-products, and bio-waste;
- Treatment and processing systems/technologies of bioresources, by-products, and bio-waste;
- Economic, social, energetic, and environmental sustainability assessment at different spatial scales;
- Systems/technologies/strategies for mitigating the negative impacts on the atmosphere, water systems, soils, and human health;
- Use efficiency and sustainability assessment on the supply chains of bioresources.
Dr. Andrea Pezzuolo
Dr. Marco Carozzi
Dr. Massimiliano De Antoni Migliorati
Dr. Abdul-Sattar Nizami
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Bioresources and biomasses
- Biofuels and biorefinery
- Bioenergy crops
- Nonfood raw materials
- Secondary raw materials
- Bioenergy technologies
- Treatments and processing
- Smart technologies
- Anaerobic digestion/biomethane/biogas
- Land-use and landscape modeling
- Environmental–economical–social sustainability indicators
- Life cycle assessment (LCA)
- Impacts on air quality, water systems, soils, and human health
- Mitigation practices/techniques
- Nutrient recycling
- Supply chain
- Agronomic use
- Carbon storage
- GHG Emissions
- Fertilizer value